When you see or feel the first drips of water coming down from your ceiling or roof the first thing you tend to do is want to run to the store and buy a bucket of black tar to patch the leak. There are a few problems with this. First is the fact that where you see the water coming down is most likely not where the leak is occurring. So the first thing you should do is try to determine the source of the leak. This can be extremely frustrating and time consuming. Next thing you should do once you determined where the leak is from is figure out the best repair method.
Applying roof patch is great at first and looks like this when you first apply it.
But then before you know it it looks like this
And finally this starts happening
Then you get sucked into the never ending patch trap. You are continuously applying patch to various areas of your roof and even trying different patch products. Until you end up with a giant mess on your hands and a still leaking roof. Tar based patch or black goo products like we call them are great for temporary emergency leak stop. But they’re not made for longevity. Once the sun starts baking them they get brittle and crack. Most times the cracks are not plainly visible and you think the patch is still good when it’s not. So you either miss seeing the leak or you just pour more goo on the problem. This a problem cause eventually you will want to fix the leaks properly and permanently. But with all that goo up there it makes it much harder to do a proper repair job.
Keep the goo to a minimum and once it’s fully cured after a few weeks you can go over it with a permanent mastic or roof coating.
If your applying goo all over your roof and it’s still leaking it may be that the roof material has just worn out and is now porous and water is working it’s way right through the roof membrane. Most times it’s cheaper, faster and a lot less frustrating to apply a roof coating over your entire roof. Our epoxy rubber based Roof Coatings are super strong and will seal up porous roof materials, fill in invisible cracks and other leak causing issues. Our Roof Mastic is far superior to any goo you will put on your roof.
So in sum if your sure you have an isolated leak and have located it for sure, go ahead and patch it but at least use a high quality roof patch. If your leaks seam to be popping up in different places like the bump in a rug scenario. Don’t waste your time and money trying to spot fix it. Coat your entire roof and be worry free for the next 15-20 years.